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The 6th annual Nutcracker Ballet 

at the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center Dec. 2-4 2022


Nutcracker Frequently Asked Questions

Photography & Recording presented by:

AJ Benson Videography & Allen Freeman Photography

What is the commitment regarding Nutcracker?

If your child is chosen for the production, please be prepared to commit to 10 Saturdays or Sundays of rehearsal. Depending on your child’s role, rehearsal can be a little as 30 minutes to as much as 2-1/2 hours. All rehearsal and dress rehearsal schedules are given the day of the auditions. Again your child will not be there for the entire rehearsal. Tech week and dress rehearsals are mandatory.

How much is the participation fee once my dancer is selected for the production?

There is a NON-REFUNDABLE production fee for the Nutcracker of $125.00. This amount covers participation, costume dry cleaning, photographer, videographer & costumer. Party Scene Parents $55.00.

What if I change my mind, or I am excused from the production? Will I receive a refund of my participation fee? No. There are NO REFUNDS

Who do I contact if I have a question regarding the production? All questions and inquiries should be directed to: text: 562-212-2224

When are the performances for The Nutcracker? The performance dates are: Friday, December 2 7 pm, Saturday, December 3 2 & 6 pm, Sunday, December 4 4 pm

When do I submit the $125 participation fee? Fees are collected on or before Sunday, October 9th at the parent meeting. Cash/Check/Card are all accepted.

My child is in The Nutcracker, may I get complimentary or discounted tickets to the performance? No, there are no comp or discounted tickets for the performance. 

May I/my child leave when their scene is over at a performance? No, each performer must stay until they are released after the show. Unless pre-arranged with Ms. Jamie

May I buy tickets to The Nutcracker at IECB, Inc.? No, but Online ticket sells begin October 1st through TicketMaster & a link will be sent prior to that time!

Do parents purchase tickets for every performance? Or are there discounts for parents? Usually, parents choose one or two shows to attend but truly it is up to you how many shows you would like to attend. There are no discounts.

Do you need parent volunteers for the production? Yes! Our entire production relies on our wonderful parent volunteers. We need many parent volunteers to work back stage, in the dressing rooms and with the Costumer. Please respond at our front desk by signing up on the volunteer sheet!

Where are rehearsals for The Nutcracker held? Rehearsals are held at IECB, 2050 E. La Cadena Drive, Stes. E/F, Riverside, CA 92507

Is there rehearsal Columbus Day weekend? YES

Is there rehearsal on Thanksgiving Day? NO, however on Sunday, November  27th is our final rehearsal before we move into the theatre.

Where is the rehearsal schedule? The rehearsal schedule will be emailed.

What is Production week? Production week is when we move rehearsals to the Theatre to prepare for performing on stage. Production week includes the block and tech rehearsal and the dress rehearsals. The block and tech rehearsal will be one week before opening day. Dancers should wear regular dance clothes and have their hair in a bun for this rehearsal. It is mandatory that both casts attend this rehearsal. Please be prepared for the possibility that your child will be late coming out of rehearsal, especially for Act 1 roles. Please do not schedule anything on those evenings. If your child does not leave rehearsal at 6:30 because we are running late we cannot release her or him to you until we are done. This is part of your commitment to the production.

What are the prices for tickets?

General admission $35, Children $25 and Military/Senior 65+ $20. (subject to change according to YPAC Theatre)

What do you mean when you say Act 1, Act 2 & Act 3? The Nutcracker is divided into three acts.

Act 1 includes: the Prologue, the party scene (party children, party parents, Clara, Fritz, Maid, Drosselmeyer), the battle scene ( mice, soldiers, Nutcracker Prince, Clara, Drosselmeyer)

Act 2 includes: the snow scene (Snow corps de ballet, Snow Queen, Clara, Nutcracker Prince).

Act 3 Includes: Arabian, Clara, Nutcracker Prince, Sugar plum Fairy and Cavalier, Spanish, Chinese, Candy Cane, Dew Drop Fairy, Waltz, Mother Ginger and Bon Bon's. The Grand Pas w/Sugar Plum Fairy & Cavalier

Where is the schedule for Production week? The exact schedule will be provided in early November. However, estimate: Wednesday, Nov. 3oth YPAC 6-9 pm, Thursday, Dec. 1 YPAC 6-9 pm, Friday, Dec. 2 5-10 pm OPENING NIGHT, Saturday, Dec. 3 12- 10 pm 2 shows and our cast party, Sunday, Dec. 4 2-7 pm.

Does my child need full hair and make up for the dress rehearsals? Yes, if you or your child needs help applying make-up or doing hair please ask a parent volunteer. Dress rehearsal prepares everyone for the performance and is treated as a performance.

Is there a cast party? Yes, the cast party is on Saturday right after our evening performance. This is a private VIP event, info will be hand delivered.

Will my dancer have a costume fitting? A schedule for costume fittings will be supplied. If your child’s role is not on the schedule for a costume fitting she/he will not have a scheduled costume fitting but will be fitted at a later time. If your child’s part is not on this schedule you do not need to come to the costume fitting.

When do we need to bring/wear/buy costume requirements? You may purchase your costume requirements on or before November 1st. Dancers must have all their costume requirements to appear onstage. Regular dance clothes are all that are required for studio rehearsals.

What if my child is sick and cannot attend rehearsal or performance? We do not want sick dancers at rehearsals so please do not send your dancer to rehearsal if she/he is not feeling well. Dancers are allowed 2 absences from rehearsal. Please contact Miss Jamie if your dancer cannot attend rehearsal. It is rare that dancers miss a performance due to illness but if you feel your dancer is not going to make a performance contact Ms. Jamie immediately!

What if my dancer is an understudy? Understudies attend all rehearsals pertaining to their role. They will have a chance to run the choreography during rehearsals.

Will a DVD be available to purchase? Yes, more details will follow shortly.

Will there be photos taken before or during the performance? Yes, more details will follow shortly.

What should my dancer bring to rehearsal at the Theatre? Dancers should have dance clothes and costume clothes, make up, dance shoes and hair items. They should also bring healthy snacks (fruit, trailmix, salads, no fried greasy foods, no soda's, no juice) and water and home work and/or games to occupy them when they are not on the stage. Many dancers like to bring a blanket or sleeping bag to use on the floor when the seating at the dressing tables gets crowded.

What about make-up for my dancer? We do not mandate a particular brand of make-up but require that dancers use specific colors of make-up. Stage make-up must be applied much heavier than street make-up. Faces can be appear colorless when in stage lights. The only color choices permitted on stage for your face:

EYES: white and brown shadow, black eyeliner, false eye lashes.

CHEEKS: Pinky/Red more on the pink side than red.

LIPS: Crimson red or red with a hint of brown in it…Maybeline Very Cherry strongly suggested.

No nail polish or jewelry! No underwear underneath tights. Soloists, Party scene moms may wear diamond or rhinestone studs.

What does my dancer need for the performance? Dance clothes and shoes, an extra pair of performance tights, costume clothes, make-up, hair items and a great attitude! This is what we have worked towards for two months so enjoy it. Students need to wear a flesh colored leotard, with their performance tights OVER the leotard under their costume.

If I am not volunteering may I wait with my dancer backstage? No, there will be many volunteers acting as chaperones for the students in the cast of The Nutcracker. Please drop your dancer off at the assigned dressing room and let the chaperone know if there is anything they should know or be aware of. If your child is nervous about being there without you, rest assured there will many other dancers there to keep them company.

How does it work regarding volunteering and watching student perform? Usually a parent volunteers for one or two shows, and purchases a ticket for a show to watch.

If I am a parent volunteer what should I wear? People working the back stage crew should wear all black.

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